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Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | | Comedy | 15 December 1974 (USA)
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An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Gene Wilder (screen story and screenplay), Mel Brooks (screen story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle ... The Monster
Marty Feldman ... Igor
Madeline Kahn ... Elizabeth
Cloris Leachman ... Frau Blücher
Teri Garr ... Inga
Kenneth Mars ... Inspector Kemp
Richard Haydn ... Herr Falkstein
Liam Dunn ... Mr. Hilltop
Danny Goldman ... Medical Student
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi)
Arthur Malet ... Village Elder
Richard A. Roth Richard A. Roth ... Insp. Kemp's Aide (as Richard Roth)
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Gravedigger
Rusty Blitz Rusty Blitz ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher -iiiiihhh!-. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather is only crap, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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Trivia

The musical, "Young Frankenstein" at the Drury Lane Productions in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2014 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Large Musical Production. See more »

Goofs

In the first town meeting, one of the villagers goes on a rant about how scientists want to rule the world. When he's done he sits down on the right side of the room. When the elder slams his gavel for order and is saying "these are very serious charges", he points to the left side of the room. (from our perspective) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: If we look at the base of a brain, which has just been removed from the skull, there's very little of the mid-brain that we can actually see. Yet, as I demonstrated in my lecture last week, if the under aspects of the temporal lobes are gently pulled apart, the upper portion of the stem of the brain can be seen. The so-called "brain stem" consists of the mid-brain, a rounded protrusion called the pons, and a stalk tapering downwards called the medulla oblongata, which passes out of...
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Crazy Credits

Michael Fox and Lidia Kristen, who play Helga's parents, are listed in the opening credits, but not in the end credits, while Helga is referred to on-screen by name, but is only credited as "Little Girl." See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical and Magnetic Video releases have a Rated PG MPAA rating screen after the "The End" disclaimer. On further releases, the rating screen is edited out, and the movie ends immediately. See more »


Soundtracks

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung by Madeline Kahn
Also sung by Teri Garr
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User Reviews

A Track of Laughs.
30 April 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Mel Brooks' hilarious "Young Frankenstein" is one of those strange films that is so outlandish and makes fun of itself so much that it sucks the viewer into its twisted world and does not let up until the final credits roll. The titled character (Gene Wilder) decides to go to Transylvania and continue the research of a late relative. What follows is a comic joy-ride that involves the assistant (Marty Feldman), the love interest (Teri Garr), the stuck-up girlfriend (Madeline Kahn), the weird house-keeper (Cloris Leachman), the odd detective (Kenneth Mars) and naturally the monster himself (Peter Boyle in a priceless performance). Gene Hackman's whacked cameo as a the blind man who encounters the monster is one of the best sequences during the history of the cinema. A brilliant screenplay and beautiful black-and-white cinematography assist "Young Frankenstein" in being the total success that it is. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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Release Date:

15 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$86,273,333

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,273,333
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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